DreamBikes is a non-profit organization of bicycle stores operating in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods to refurbish used bikes, return them to the community, and provide hands-on, paid job training to youth ages 15-21. Working in conjunction with local youth organizations, DreamBikes employs teens from the area to work in their store. Local teen employees learn how to refurbish bicycles, use point-of-sale software, and to deliver great customer service. DreamBikes provides lifelong skills to their teen employees, helping them to find a bright future, and changing kids’ lives one bike at a time.

In addition to monetary support, DreamBikes accepts donations of bikes and cycling-related items including parts, tools, accessories, and clothing. Since 2008, DreamBikes has refurbished and returned over 10,000 used bikes to the community and provided jobs for more than 80 teens. Today, there are a total of 5 DreamBikes stores in operation across the country, with one in Milwaukee, two in Madison, and one each in Rochester, NY, and Knoxville, TN. To learn more, visit their website.

Split the Plate is one of UUCW’s programs of outreach and generosity. Each month we give half of all undesignated offering monies to a non-profit organization as a way to help us live our Unitarian Universalist values and serve our community.

For additional information, please contact Split the Plate member, Kathy McKinney.